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2021 Newsletters, features, links, during Covid-19 restrictions.


2021 newsletters listed below

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2020 newsletters and links are here

Food banks

newsletter and website featured articles and links 2021 (as at April 3rd) 


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for January: 'Human Fraternity. May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.'

A Culture of Care As a Path to Peace'. Pope Francis' message for Jan 1st, 2021, the 54th World Day of Peace.

Bishop Mark's 5th Jan pastoral message pdf & video for 3rd lockdown

"20 + C + M + B + 21" Epiphany traditional New Year Home Blessing "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" - “May Christ bless this house” pdf ~ adaptable for any time of year, e.g. a new home

A Year of St Joseph: See newsletters 10th Jan, 7th March etc. Novena: St Joseph 10-18 March ~ Daily Novena Prayer: Almighty God, you have chosen Saint Joseph to be the mainstay of Jesus and Mary, the wise and faithful servant in whom they could trust. We pray that he may truly be the guardian of your Church; that he may inspire with confidence those who are devoted to him; that he may give security to those who work in the vineyard of Your Son; and finally, that he may be a source of strength to us, who wish, like him, to dedicate ourselves to Christ's service, now and in times to come. Amen.

see Newsletters 17th + 24th Jan The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed from 18th - 25th January, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. Theme for 2021 is 'Abiding in Christ', with resources for download from 'Churches Together in Britain and Ireland' (link above) For 2021 these are prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.

How can prayer help us navigate the struggles and conflict of our world today? For this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, #PrayForCornwall, join Churches Together in Cornwall for 10 min podcasts daily Mon 18 - 25 Jan, containing short reflections  to strengthen us in our daily lives, from church and community leaders including Bishop Philip, Rev Mark Dunn-Wilson, Bishop Hugh, Deacon Andrew Shute, Roger Mills, Jane Yeomans, Lesley Chandler and others. see the CT podcast page or Facebook / Twitter pages, also Spotify / iTunes later each day.

From our audio library: The CTIPA Christian Unity Service, with Choral Evening Prayer, in our Parish church on 22nd Jan 2012. Preacher: The Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton; 'if we take prayer seriously, will the process of prayer allow the possibility of change ... structural unity, working together.'  listen to audio file listen / download mp3 audio (16:20 mins) 

Peace Sunday is celebrated in England and Wales on 17 Jan 2021. see Pax Christi, the International Catholic movement for peace for resources

'Communicating by Encountering People as They Are' Pope Francis' message for World Communications Day, Jan 24th 2021

homily on offering up 'suffering' by Bp. Robert Barron, Mass for Hospital Workers and First Responders (Jan 12)

4 talks on the Gospel of Mark - Fr Matt Blake, find on Carmelite Kensington website or YouTube - enter more deeply into the readings for most Sundays in year B.

"We can always give praise, in good times and bad, because God is the faithful Friend. This is the foundation of praise: God is the faithful Friend, and His love never fails." ~ Pope Francis, January 2021

Racial Justice Sunday 31st January 2021 This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.


Evangelium Newsletter: 'Making Disciples - Speaking The Truth In Love' ~ from Plymouth Diocese Vicariate of Evangelisation & Catechesis Incorporating Marriage, Family Life & Youth, February 2021

Listen to the 'Stay Awake' 2021 Catholic Christian Conference worship music on spotify - Dorchester February. Praise and worship, keynote talks (including David Wells, a past speaker here in Holy Family parish), discussion time and a kids session. 'Stay Awake 2021' link is left here hoping recordings become available. Also on Facebook.

Lent resource pages + Reconciliation etc

A short meditation for Lent 2021: ‘The Green Cross’ by Canon David Annear (pdf)


Statement from Catholic Bishops Conference for Tuesday 23rd March as a National Day of Reflection (and prayer) to mark anniversary of first national lockdown.

video Reflection for Ash Wednesday from Plymouth Cathedral 

Pope Francis on Twitter: "All of us have spiritual infirmities that we cannot heal on our own. We need Jesus’ healing, we need to present our wounds to him and say: “Jesus, I am in your presence, with my sin, with my sorrows. You can set me free. Heal my heart”. #Lent

Why Pray the Rosary? Bishop Robert Barron’s introduction to the Rosary - videos + resources. 'Through the Rosary prayers, we meditate upon the great Christian mysteries of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection'.

Music for the Triduum during Covid-19 restrictions on singing, recordings from choir and musicians at our church.


‘True Life in Christ - A Meditation for Easter’ A short meditation for Easter 2021 by Canon David Annear, based on the fourth of our Rosary windows, the Glorious Mysteries.


Reading the Whole Bible in a year?! A reading plan can help: example - advice - 'Word on the go' for busy Catholics > scripture crash course - Bishops conference scripture group

Catholic Bishops Conference A new lectionary for England and Wales for 2022

BBC: Faiths join to rebuild historic city of Mosul video

Vatican News Network Pope Francis appoints Sr. Nathalie Becquart, first woman to Synod of Bishops 

video St Mary's Catholic Primary School Lent Mass recorded in church and watched by the children in school at end of term.

video: St Mary's Catholic Primary School Advent Mass recorded in church and watched by the children in school.

Pray for the pandemic: Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen (from Carmelites Kensington)


Support Local Food Banks and Food Aid groups:

update click here for latest pdf then scroll down to 'Churches Together in Penzance Area CTIPA Foodbank' ... and to 'Hayle Foodbank' - for current needs & info. Collecting boxes in our churches and local shops and supermarkets. Money donations also welcomed via CTIPA ... ('Transformation Cornwall' is an ecumenical charity that strengthens faith based social action in Cornwall)

* Penzance Street Food Project - info is on Facebook (is part of 'Growing links')

* Food for Families Penzance CIC info is on Facebook - aiming to reduce food poverty in Penzance + West Cornwall

Mary's Meals provide daily school meals to more than 1.6 million children, in 19 countries across the globe. It costs only £15.90 to feed a child for a whole school year. MM's mission is to provide a daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically poor children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can in future, be a ladder out of poverty.

Giving talks for churches plays a huge part in raising awareness and raising vital funds. While volunteers are currently unable to do this, founder Magnus, sent a video message for church groups. Watch their short films Child 31 and Generation Hope

video - how Mary’s Meals is feeding hungry children through the pandemic, with personal reflections on how faith is bringing hope and comfort ~ video "Love Reaches Everywhere".

2021 Sunday newsletters list below ... (2020 with related links are here)

January: 'Sunday Message' for January

3rd January - 2nd Sun in Christmastime.
listen to 2nd Jan 5pm Vigil Mass (edit)

10th January - Baptism of the Lord.
17th January - 2nd Sun in ordinary time.
24th January - 3rd Sun in ordinary time
31st January - 4th Sun in ordinary time
February: 'Sunday Message' - February

7th February - 5th Sun in ordinary time
listen to 7th Feb Sunday Mass
14th February - 6th Sun in ordinary time
21st February - 1st Sunday in Lent - listen to 21st Feb  Sunday Mass (edit 37 mins)
28th February - 2nd Sunday in Lent - homily pdf

March: 'Sunday Message' for March

7th March - 3rd Sun in Lent - homily pdf
14th March - 4th Sun in Lent - homily pdf
21st March - 5th Sun in Lent
28th March - Palm Sunday & Holy Week - homily pdf

April: 'Sunday Message' for April

4th April - Easter week


Liturgical Calendar 2021

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